Alcohol and Suicide Hit Young Adults Hardest Deaths of Despair' from Drugs

By Staff Reporter - 14 Jun '19 11:21AM

Young adults were more likely than any other age group to die from drugs, alcohol, and suicide over the past decade, underscoring the despair Millennials face and the pressure on the health care system to respond to a crisis that shows little sign of abating. 

Drug-related deaths among people 18 to 34 soared 108% between 2007 and 2017, while alcohol deaths were up 69% and suicides increased 35%, according to an analysis out Thursday of the latest federal data by the non-profit Trust for America's Health and Well Being Trust.

The analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data found the increases for these three "deaths of despair" combined were higher than for Baby Boomers and senior citizens.

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